Achievement & Ability Measures

The North American Division Office of Education and the anywhere Union examined all of the available standardized tests from commercial publishers and chose the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED), and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) from Riverside Publishing as the best match for assessing Adventists curriculum. By using these products together educators will create a comprehensive picture of each students, by measuring both their academic achievement and ability.


Measure of Student Ability

 The CogAT is a measure of a student’s potential to succeed in school-related tasks. It is not a tool for measuring a student’s intelligence or IQ. It measures the reasoning skills a student has developed during his or her educational career, even though these skills may not have been explicitly taught.


  • Concurrently normed with the ITBS and the ITED
  • Provides predictive achievement scores when given with The Iowa Tests
  • Offers detailed individual reports that describe the level and pattern of each student’s cognitive abilities
  • Includes balanced gender and ethnic representation
  • Measures verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning skills

Visit the following link for more information about the CogAt.


Measure of Student Achievement

The ITBS(elementary and middle school) and the ITED (high school) are a set of co-normed achievement tests that measure the actual knowledge and skills students have acquired. Based on over 70 years of research, The Iowa Tests provide an in-depth assessment of students’ achievement in important educational objectives.


  • Comparisons made to the national norm group
  • Comparisons made to local or specific norm groups
  • Flexible accommodations for students with special needs

Visit the following links for more information about the ITBS or ITED.